From the UP’s website (https://universityplayers.de/current-production/)
(As this play is a murder mystery, this article tries to avoid spoilers as much as possible)
At half past seven on Friday, 17th June 2022, the world premiere of A Murder at the Inn by Jenny Day was celebrated at the Audimax in Hamburg. After a long break due to Covid-19, this was the University Players’ first show since early 2020 – and they delivered!
The play is set in an old inn in the Colorado mountains. Due to a raging storm, a small group of travellers is trapped inside the inn, as it is the only safe and warm place nearby. While it might seem like a cosy place at first – a nice fire is burning in the fireplace and a comfortable sofa invites one to sit down and relax – the atmosphere soon shifts as one of the travellers gets murdered in cold blood. The murder does not remain undetected for long and soon it is clear: No one from the outside could have committed the crime; the killer is among the travellers! As the phone lines are dead and the weather is too bad to get help, the rest of the group must team up to find the murderer and stay alive until the end of the night.
I greatly enjoyed the play. It was both fun (if you can call a murder mystery fun) and fast-paced. While only one room was depicted on stage, this was not a limitation in any way. On the contrary, it added so much more suspension and humour (think of a body being buried in the snow and a small commemoration held during which the people realise they don’t even know the victim’s name – okay, it doesn’t sound very funny written down, but I swear it was really funny). In general, not only the actors did an amazing job bringing this play to life but also the crew working in the background.
I would also love to talk about the twist at the end of act one, but: no spoilers… Let me just say that it caught me completely off guard and that the scene was both brilliantly written and performed. If you want to know more, go and watch the play yourself! It’s worth it.
The University Players perform their production six more times, including tonight: June 21/23/24/25/28 and July 1 at 7:30pm at the Audimax (Von-Melle-Park 4). Tickets are available at their show.